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Brazil bags a Samba win!

Here’s an insight into the Brazil vs Serbia game that saw Richarlison’s wonder goal in the second half

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Let us begin today with a throwback. Remember the 2014 Brazil World Cup?

 The biggest stage was set, the host nation was ready and so were the fans as they all looked forward to a perfect sixth title for the ‘Selecao’.

Everything was perfect, except for Neymar Jr’s injury during the quarter final win against Columbia and a 7 goal German semi-final win that ended the Brazilian fairy tale.

The internet broke that day with the photo of an old man (Clovis Fernandes) sobbing in a Brazil shirt, holding a replica of the World cup trophy to his heart.

The ‘Selecao’ also struggled in the 2018 Russian roulette but seeing their recent performance against Serbia in the opening game at the 2022 World Cup, it seems like the ghosts of the past have long been buried.

The yellow shirts were actually performing a Samba dance on the field. There was synchronicity, purpose, commitment and effort throughout the game.

Brazil dominated the match against Serbia from the very beginning itself. A curving in corner kick from Neymar Jr in the 12th minute was a precursor for the goals to come in the course of the game.

 Serbian goalkeeper Vanja Milinkovic had a fairly good game as he saved countless Brazil attacks including a powerful long range effort from Casemiro.

Captain Thiago Silva’s defence splitting pass to Vinicius Jr in the 26th minute and the combined effort form Paqueta and Rafinha in the 34th minute delighted Brazil fans as they were able to see glimpses of the ‘Joga Bonito’ (playing the beautiful game in a beautiful way) tagline.

If the first half was sheer attack from Brazil, the second half of the game was far more intense as Brazil defender Alex Sandro, who plays as a left back for Juventus in the Serie A hit the Serbian goalpost in the 59th minute of the game.

However, it was Richarlison who clearly had the game of his life. Not only did he open the scoring for Brazil with a confident follow up tap in that came from a powerful Vinicius Jr shot, he also scored the best goal of the tournament so far.

His wonder goal in the 72nd minute of the game broke the internet instantly. It was simply an act of genius, flicking the ball to the desired height and then scoring with sheer acrobatic delight. The commentator rightly said that the Brazil side, the world was waiting for, has finally arrived at the World Cup.

Brazil however were far from done, as Casemiro struck the crossbar in 80th minute of the game. It was a confident display of tactical strength and on field confidence from Tite’s side, who go on with self-belief to face Switzerland in the next week. 

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The first phase of the Group stages are over. Argentina and Germany have major work to do following their opening game defeats. Uruguay and Croatia also have a point to prove after drawing their first games in the tournament. France, Brazil, Portugal, Belgium, Saudi Arabia,  Spain, England and Netherlands are at the top of their respective groups.

Arijit Roy is a young correspondent at Apeejay Newsroom. He has done his masters in English literature from Delhi University and has a book of poems published by Writers Workshop India. He can be reached at [email protected]

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